From impossible words to conceptual structure: The role of structure and processes in the lexicon

Mind and Language 19 (3):334-358 (2004)

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Kent Johnson
University of California, Irvine
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The structure of words is often thought to provide important evidence regarding the structure of concepts. At the same time, most contemporary linguists posit a great deal of structure in words. Such a trend makes some atomists about concepts uncomfortable. The details of linguistic methodology undermine several strategies for avoiding positing structure in words. I conclude by arguing that there is insufficient evidence to hold that word-structure bears any interesting relation to the structure of concepts.
Keywords Concept  Linguistics  Logic  Structure  Word
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DOI 10.1111/j.1468-0017.2004.00261.x
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